Friday, August 26, 2011

A Long Time Passing...

Tonight I scanned a Kodak BW 400CN negative that I shot recently. This film had not been refrigerated at all, and the date on the PRO Pack carton was for 07/2007. That is quite amazing for any film to be sitting around in a camera bag for some 4 years, and then be exposed and processed, and the negs were absolutely just fine. Luckily for me, and anyone else who would still be interested in shooting film, Kodak BW 400CN is still available. It is amazing stuff! It is processed in the regular C41 chemicals used to process coloured negative film, and any 1 hour lab can just put it through with the rest of the rolls being processed.
This old garage is located on the Ojibway Parkway between LaSalle and Windsor, and is almost nonvisable from the road due to being overgrown by very tall grasses in the area. My 16 mm fisheye lens was used on this particular shot, and the grass in the foreground appear to be curved and wrapping around the old building. Small businesses such as this one did not fare too well, possible due to the collapse of the auto industry in this area, and also probably due to the influx of much larger operations attached to the huge box stores which have sprung up everywhere in recent years. So it just sits and crumbles, and is slowly disappearing, just like film photography......

5 comments:

Ed Deasy said...

David

This is a nice shot David. The lens choice leads to the image having a sense of the curved blades kind of framing the old building. Nice building find also. I hope its stealth location protects it from the bulldozer.
Ed

David c.h. Brown said...

Thanks Ed,
The location is not likely to be high on any list of places to start a new business. As such, it is likely safe from a bulldozer for quite a while. Besides, that would cost money... Dave

Mike de Moree said...

Love this image Dave. You mentioned using black and white film. Boy that is nostalgia after the many years of using digital cameras. I still miss the old traditional processes. Of course the photo imaging programs allow me to do many things in an easier way and I don't have to work in the dark.
Thanks
Mike

David c.h. Brown said...

Thank you Mike. Call me crazy, but I will be hauling out my darkroom enlarger and stuff in the next couple of weeks, and doing some of the old processes again. After such a long hiatus, it will be like learning all over again, but I look forward to the results. Dave

Mike de Moree said...

Hi Dave, Not only is this a great shot its also remarkable that the film produced this quality of negative. Thanks
Mike